Stacey is next up on the Meet A Vegan feature. She was recommended by a previous feature and for good reason! She is dedicated and passionate about plant-based living and through her social media, shows how easy it is to eat consciously and live Earth aligned. Its young people like Stacey who are setting the bar for the future. Read more to find out about Staceys vegan living.
Name: Stacey Cramer
City: Small town in Worcestershire
Where can people find you? Vegan.stack
How long have you been Vegan?
1 year and 6 months
Were you vegetarian before? If so, for how long before going vegan? And what made you go further?
Yes, I was vegetarian for around 4ish years before I went Vegan. I realised that vegetarianism is pretty redundant in the grand scheme of things, in my opinion, so I made the decision over night to cut out any animal products from my life completely.
What made you go vegan?
I saw undercover footage from a dairy farm. I hate that I saw that video because I think about it probably every day, but I needed to see it. We all need to see what’s really going on.
Has that reason changed?
I am still primarily vegan for the animals – the benefits for the planet are just a bonus.
What was your biggest struggle during your transition?
I didn’t really struggle; I had such a want to do it that I didn’t find anything really tough in terms of transitioning my diet. The thing I found hardest was constant questions and doubts from people.
What advice do you have for people transitioning?
Don’t listen to people who encourage you not to do it. If you want to do it, do it and you will love it. Do it properly and do research. Follow people on social media platforms because that really helped me and that’s why I started my account – to help others!
What do you love about being vegan?
Everything. The only thing I dislike is that there are still so many people and places that are so against it. We’re saving animals and making the world a better place. What’s not to love about that?
What do you think is the biggest misconception about Veganism?
That veganism is expensive. Any lifestyle choice can be expensive. Vegan basics like rice, pasta, lentils etc. are among the cheapest of all foods. There are expensive options – just like there are expensive options for people who choose to eat meat.
Have you learnt any lessons/insights as a vegan that you didn’t before?
I didn’t realise quite how much of an impact animal agriculture had on the planet. It genuinely is mind-blowing that there isnt more attention on this issue.
What is your favourite vegan snack?
My favourite snack for pre-vegan AND vegan is without doubt broccoli. I genuinely eat bowls of broccoli as a snack. It’s my favourite food of all time.
What’s your go to meal when you don’t feel like cooking?
One of the vegan pot noodles.
What’s a pantry staple you never go without?
NOOCH. (Nutritional yeast). I’m never out.
Do you take any supplements?
I take vegan omega 3 and a multivitamin
Do you use any kind of superfoods?
I eat a lot of dark leafy greens, I’m eating greens almost every day. Not a huge fan of nuts and I don’t like avocados at all, but I certainly make up for it elsewhere.
What’s the biggest food – health realization you had? (for example you were not eating enough of a certain thing?)
I didn’t eat a lot of fruit before I was vegan. I didn’t really like any, but since being vegan my tastes have changed big time and I didn’t realise quite how good you can feel after eating fruit!
Has a vegan lifestyle led to any other changes in your life?
I already used cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics. Everything in my life from shampoo to kitchen cleaning products are cruelty free and vegan. The only other lifestyle change I’ve made is cutting out plastic significantly.
What’s your advice on handling social situations?
It can be daunting being constantly bombarded with questions. Even by people who are polite and respectful and just want to know more. I think there is a common misconception that vegans know absolutely everything about veganism, when the reality is, we’re constantly learning. If you don’t know how to answer a question or you want to stop talking about it then it that’s okay. Just let them know you’re not comfortable discussing it yet as you’re still finding your feet.
How do you handle negative people?
I don’t. I tend to just ignore/not reply. But most people who feel the need to comment on my lifestyle choice in a negative way are probably only doing so because of the guilt they feel for not doing it themselves. I just let them carry on.
Were your friends and family supportive? Or did they take some time to come around?
They were really supportive. I get regular sub-par banter from a lot of people still but I just give it right back, so I’ve never really had to convince anyone to understand my choices. If they don’t agree with it, I don’t really care.
How do you share your vegan lifestyle with others?
Instagram and lots of sharing food! I love getting people to try the food I’m eating because it’s so amazing and I want everyone else to experience it.
Quick Fire round
Fast food vegan or health focused vegan?
Not fast food, but junk food, definitely.
Meat alternative burger or veggie burger?
Meat alternative every time.
What’s your favorite vegetables?
What’s your least favorite vegetable?
Support all vegan goods or boycott non vegan parent companies? (Why?)
Bit of a toughie. I don’t know where I stand on this one. On one hand, supply and demand. If vegans buy it, companies will make more of it and then hopefully other companies will catch on. On the other hand, you’re putting money directly into the companies that cause so much pain and suffering for millions of animals. Boycotting all non-vegan parent companies would be a huge thing to do, and it’s something I’m not sure about yet.
Anything else you would like to share?
Going vegan is the absolute best decision I ever made. I encourage you to watch any of the following documentaries: Cowspiracy, Earthlings, Forks Over Knives, What the Health, Dominion. These are a good start to get insight and understanding about animal agriculture and more. Millions of animals are slaughtered every second to fulfill human selfishness. I, for one, refuse to be a part of the mass murder and encourage people to make some changes.